Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
April 9, 2016Amy Trumpeter
The trip to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, in East Iceland is approximately an 800km round trip from Reykjavik. It’s so worth it! Up to now, nothing has amazing me as much as the Atlas Moutains of Morocco, but I can now safely say that Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon has topped my list, and is the most beautiful travel destination that I have visited to date.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with Gray Line Iceland
Then the scenery began to change on the approach to Vatnajökull National Park.
The view as soon as we arrived at the glacier, the view of Jökulsárlón lagoon greeted us with bright blue icebergs floating across the lagoon towards the Atlantic ocean.
From the car park near Jökulsárlón, we turned right and walked around the shoreline to get a better view of the glacier and lagoon.
The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier is constantly retreating, depositing ice into the lagoon. As the glacier retreats, the lagoon is expanding. This is the largest Glacier in Europe.
Our guide Regar told us that when she first visited the lagoon in 2001, it was approximately 13km wide. Today, in 2016, it is 25km wide. This expansion of the lagoon will continue until it becomes a fjord.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is the deepest water in Iceland, with a depth of 300m.
Here’s a better view of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier itself.
The most amazing thing about being at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is that you can actually hear the ice crumbling away from the glacier like an avalanche. At first I thought it was thunder, before realising what it was!
It’s easy to see why Jökulsárlón was the film set of Die Another Day, Tomb Raider and Batman Begins.
Wildlife of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Despite the cold conditions (temperatures can drop below 0 in the winter) the lagoon is abundant with wildlife, especially bird life, because the tides bring with them shoals of herring.
I spotted several seals swimming between the icebergs. One little guys head popped up just as I took this shot…!
The boats were not running and it was difficult to get a close up shot from the shore, but I managed to catch a glimpse of my new little friend!
I was also lucky enough to get this shot of 3 harlequin ducks swimming across the lagoon.
The trip to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was absolutely amazing, one of the best travel experiences of my life. I highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting Iceland.
Travel Tips – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Research current weather conditions before you go, to maximise your trip.
- If you want to go on a tour of the South Coast of Iceland to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik, you can book here.
- Gray Line Iceland tour buses
- Wrap up warm – a thermal base layer, fleece, Gortex Jacket, waterproof over trousers and waterproof walking boots are recommended. See What to Pack for Iceland.
- Make sure that your camera is fully charged and that you have spare memory cards!
- Boat trips go across the Lagoon from May to September. However, if you are visiting Iceland at a different time of year, I still recommend a trip – I took my photos from the shore.
*Many thanks go to my Icelandic sponsons ODDSSON ho(s)tel who provided me with complimentary accommodation during my time in Iceland, and Gray Line Iceland for giving me a 50% discount on the South Coast and Jökulsárlón Lagoon trip.